The past couple of days I have been digging into the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables. She grew up with her grandparents in Cavendish, PEI, close to the beach where the Marco Polo, a 182 foot tea clipper – one kind of shipping sail boat, and the fastest in the world of it’s class of ship – met with it’s end after a long 32 years of excellent service! I had relatives who lived in the area, too. Some were farmers and fisher men. Not too far away lived my great grandmother who was four years older than Montgomery, and was13 when the great ship went down. Reading Montgomery’s journal and books helps to set the scene for my book.It is kind of fun to think that they might have met at some point.
Montgomery was 9 years old when the Marco Polo ran aground. She wrote about it in her journal, and at 16 wrote a prize winning essay about the incident, The Wreck of the Marco Polo for The Montreal Witness newspaper, one of her earliest published works. So I am having fun reading and looking forward to exploring the Annotated Anne of Green Gables which is supposed to have lots more background information on the community and area.
Here is a link to another blog that includes the newspaper clipping so you can read it. http://thelostvalley.blogspot.ca/2016/04/the-wreck-of-marco-polo-little-lucy.html